These are the 54 skywalks coming up in Bengaluru

The place in front of K C General Hospital where a sky walk is proposed to come up. Pic: Taken from E-Proc website

Walking on some of the Bengaluru’s roads will be easier henceforth. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has opened up tenders for 54 skywalks across the city. These are either important junctions where multiple roads meet, or mid-blocks with prominent properties on either sides requiring pedestrians to cross the road regularly.

While compiling the list of ten most accident-prone areas in Bangalore, Citizen Matters learnt from traffic police that the most predominant factor causing accidents is the pedestrians crossing the road in the midst of high speed traffic. With the absence of pedestrian skywalks and lack of security in subways, the pedestrians are left with no choice but to risk their lives. In this regard, we took a look at the list of upcoming skywalks across the city tendered by the BBMP.

The process of bidding for the contract began when the Request for Proposal (RFP) document was available for download at https://eproc.karnataka.gov.in since 30th April 2015. The last date for submission is 16th June 2015, until 4 pm. Technical proposals open the following the day after 4.30 pm.

See the full list by clicking here, choosing Category: Services and Department: Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.

Location No.

Locations of Sky Walks

Minimum Annual Concession fee to be quoted (Rupees in Lakhs)

 
 

1

Miller Road near Bhagwan Mahaveer Hospital

From Pai Vihar to Vasant Nagar and From Playground to TV Tower

3.00

 

2

Hennur main road near St.Charles school.

From School to Ground

2.50

 

3

St.German School Coles park

From St.German School to Park and From Yoga Meditation Classes to School

2.00

 

4

In front of Cantonment Railway Station

From Parking to Railway station

4.00

 

5

Near Mallya Hospital

From Hospital to Ground

6.00

 

6

In front of S.J.E.S College, K.R Puram (on NH4)

From bus stop(in front private building  to bus stop (In front of RNS JCB building)

6.50

 

7

Kuvempu Circle Old Airport Road  ( Integrated Skywalk)

From  Parking to HAL border and From Parking to Punjab National Bank

3.00

 

08

Near KR Puram Bus Stand, KR Puram

From Bus Stand to Market Side

5.00

 

09

Kammanahalli Road & ORR Junction (Kalyan Nagar)

From Bus Stop to Lee Showroom

13.00

 

10

Ambalipura Gate (near Bellandur Gate). Sarjapur Road

From In front of  Springfield apartment to in front HDFC Bank

4.00

 

11

Near KC General Hospital, Malleshwaram

From KC General Hospital to Vidyaranyapura Side

5.00

 

12

Mission Road near Flyover

From Photo Shop to Lal Bagh Side

5.00

 

13

Jalahalli Cross, Tumkur Road( Integrated Skywalk)

From Petrol pump to Bus Stop(On Ring road) and From Bus stop to Bus Stop (On Subrato Mukherjee)

5.00

 

14

Near N.E.S junction on Yelahanka –  Doddaballapur Road

From Auto Stand to Bus Stop

5.00

 

15

Near ISKON Temple, Rajajinagar

From Left side of Bus Stop to Left side of Kalyana Mantapa.

5.50

 

16

Little Flower Public School Hosakerehalli ORR

On ORR –  From Little Flower Public School to Post office

4.00

 

17

N.R.Colony, Near Colony Bus Stop

On Subramanya Shetty Road -Govt. Hospital to Montessori School

5.00

 

18

Kadrenahalli Cross ORR

On ORR – From College to Banashankari

3.00

 

19

Hosur Road near Nimhans .

On Hosur Road – From Gate 1 to Gate 2 of Nimhans

3.00

 

20

Satellite Bus Stand, Mysore Road

Satellite Bus Stand to Ramani Timber Mark

5.00

 

21

Banashankari Bus Stop( Integrated Skywalk)

From Bus Stand to Temple and From Metro to Bus Stand

8.00

 

22

In front of Sanjay Gandhi hospital in Jayanagar IV Block

On 32nd Cross Road – From Hospital Gate to Bus Stop

4.00

 

23

In front of Yediyur market, Yediyur

On Jayanagar Road- From Vidura Medicals to SLV Wines.

4.00

 

24

Near Patalamma Road in South end circle

On Patalamma Road- From Petrol Bunk to Park

4.50

 

25

Queens Road near Congress Party Office

From Star Chamber to Congress Committee

6.00

 

26

D’Souza Circle,near Sacred Heart School

From Sapphire to Temple

8.00

 

27

Brigade Road Junction

From Army Ground to Cauvery Arts

12.00

 

28

In front of Planetarium ,near Basaveshwara Circle.

From Planetarium to  Indira Gandhi War Memorial

16.50

 

29

Brigade Road Patrick Church near St. Joseph’s college

From Samsung to St.Patrick Church

6.00

 

30

Pillanna Garden near Nethaji Road

From Netaji Playground to State Bank

4.00

 

31

Amruth Theatre, Lingarajapuram

From Music World to Arch

4.00

 

32

Old Airport Road (HAL post office)

From  Post office to HAL

4.00

 

33

On NH4 at entrance of Garden City College (NH-4 near KR Puram)

From Garden city college road to Bus stop

5.00

 

34

ITI colony Gate, KR Puram

From Bus stop to Bus Stop (Corner of Ambedkar Stadium, ITI Grounds)  

7.00

 

35

CMR Road, Kammanahalli Road Junction

From ICICI Direct to Jal Vayu Vihar

3.00

 

36

Rammurthy Nagar, Near Church Bus stop

From Vinayaka Medicals to Jayashree Enterprises

2.00

 

37

Near Mantri Mall, Sampige road Malleshwaram

From Mall to Petrol bunk (near junction)

9.00

 

38

Near DIACON Hospital, Rajajinagar

From Diacon Hospital to Civil Engg Corner

3.50

 

39

Near Vidya Vardhaka Sangha School, Rajajinagar

From Panasonic to Vidya Vardhaka School

3.00

 

40

Subramanyanagar Police Station

From Police Station to Infront of VRL

4.00

 

41

Rajaram Mohan Roy Road

From Cubbon Park Side to Lal Bagh Side

14.00

 

42

Palace Guttahalli Bus Stop, near Cauveri Theatre (Bellary Road)

Palace ground to Guttahalli Bus stop

34.50

 

43

TVS circle- studio road, Near Jalahalli Cross

From Millipore to Indosol Pvt. Ltd Company (On Main road)  

5.00

 

44

HMT Main  Road, Mathikere

From Mataji Medicals to Karnataka Bag Shop

4.50

 

45

Gandhi bazaar main road

From Ladies wear to Ashwini store

8.50

 

46

Near Kamakya theatre, Kathriguppe ORR

From Apollo to Kamakya

2.50

 

47

Hosur Main Road near Madivala Shopping Complex.

From Total Mall to Police station side

13.00

 

48

Near Jayadeva Hospital Bannerghatta Road

Bus stop to Hotel

4.00

 

49

Jayanagar Raghavendra Math

Raghavendra Math To ATM

4.00

 

50

Silk Board, Hosur Road

Madiwala to Hosur

11.00

 

51

In front of J.P Nagar Central Shopping Mall

From Big Bazaar to Central

4.00

 

52

Kengeri Bus Stop

From Bus stop to Kengeri New Bus stop

4.00

 

53

Near Kathriguppe Arch (near Big Bazar)

From Arch to Shop

4.00

 

54

Kathriguppe main road near Ganesh temple

From Ganesh temple to building compound

3.50

 

Who can bid?

The parties whose proposals are accepted will design, build, and operate the skywalk for a period of twenty years. They are allowed to generate revenue through advertising in this period. Following this period, the entire structure must be handed over to BBMP free of cost and free from all encumbrances, along with the advertising rights.

The bidder might either be a single entity or a consortium of maximum three members. The entity must be registered under Indian Partnership Act 1949, or, in case of a company, under the Indian Companies Act 1956.

The bidder / bidders should be in the business of constructing business/convention centres, institutions etc for at least the last five years. The company, either on its own or through an entity in which the bidder holds equity, must have designed and built skyways or escalators before.

The bidder must produce documentary evidence to prove a minimum net worth of 200 lakh rupees at the end of the latest financial year. Along with the bid, an Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) of Rs 2 lakh must be made through the e-procurement portal. In case the bidder does not secure the contract, the amount will be refunded.

How does a bidder get the project?

The RFP says that the proposals submitted will be evaluated on a number of parameters: experience of the bidder in constructing, maintaining and operating similar projects in the past, as well as experience in collecting revenue through advertisements; and the technologies that will be employed—solar power, advanced display boards, power efficient lighting system, dust-proof and waterproof technology, the aesthetic appeal of the structure, etc.

Other considerations include design of the skywalk, proposed manpower and the proposed plans for operation and management, which includes identification of the subcontractors, if any, number of security personnels deployed, timeline for repairs and attending to problems etc.

The bidder whose proposals satisfy the evaluation criteria and who has quoted the highest price, above the minimum annual concession fee will be awarded the contract. Minimum annual concession fee is the annual payment that needs to be made by the party who has received by the contract to the BBMP.

The contract award endows the successful bidder with advertising rights on the structure. The revenue generated from advertising on skywalk minus the annual concession fee agreed upon between the party and BBMP will be the profit made by the entity who has secured the contract.

Positioning of advertising boards

Two top outside panels of 3 meters in length and a width equal to that of the road, and two more inside panels of 1 meter in length and the width equal to that of the road, can be provided for advertising on the skywalk.

However, the BBMP has made it clear that no advertisement or panel “or any obstruction shall be made in the bottom 1 [metre] of the walkway portion of the skywalk on both side. This 1m clearance is required for safety purpose so that there is a clear visibility available in this.. strip.”  This condition ensures that the advertisement billboards on the skywalk do not block the visibility of the walkway from the road.

Features of the skywalk

Each of these skywalks will have a load carrying capacity at least 500 kilos per square meter, complete with elevators and stairs on either side, with or without an escalator. They will also have a walkway of at least 10 feet wide, topped with non-slippery material, and a minimum distance of 3.5 meter between the floor and the roof.

Elevators—with a carrying capacity equivalent to 16 persons, and escalators (wherever provided)—with a minimum width of one meter and a speed of half a meter per second, covered with sheets for roofs and side portions—are required to be operational 24/7.

There is a provision to close one lift or escalator for maintenance for one day in a month. A mechanic to address any issues with either must be available on duty each day between 7 am and 10 pm, according to the tender document.

The roof can be covered with specific polycarbonate sheets, to make it leak-proof, and the floor laid with chequered FRP anti-skid tiles. BBMP has also recommended a tough plastic coat on railing pipes of the staircase to minimize its vulnerability to heat up or cool down due to temperature variations.

Not discounting aesthetic appeal, BBMP has also made it mandatory to line either side of the passage on the skywalk with flowering plants and shrubs. Additionally, provisions may also be made for coffee vending machines, phone booths and newspaper stands, inside the skywalk area.

CCTVs, with a storage capacity of one week’s footages, can be fixed inside the elevators and on the walkways of each skywalks, along with providing security personnels.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Can we please have a Sky walk on ORR near RMZ Ecospace, just a few meters from Bellandur flyover? A sky walk is a must here and perhaps in front of all IT parks. Suggestion is to have the sky walks sponsored, built and maintained by the IT Park builder / company that employs staff who risk their life crossing the road.

  2. Look at the exisitng sky walks – near Jayanagar TTMC/shopping complex and Sophias school/basaveshwara circle or even the one in KR puram. They are hardly used. For better user experience and usage, most road and junction cross overs are underground – they require much lesser steps/height, you are insulated from the pollution (noise/air) and the spaces can also be used for art and vendors…..this is the standard. The metal structures will never be used to the optimum level.

  3. This is perhaps the n + 23 rd time the government is tendering out the contract. No takers previously; doubtful if it’ll attract any now. Plainly too complicated and unworkable a PPP model. Meanwhile, the roads at the junctions will remain dug up for years together causing bigger bottle-necks.

  4. As I suggested earlier, ‘skywalk’ is inappropriate for India. We need a “sky-road” or “under-road”. Keep humans at ground level. Motorised traffic can go to heaven or hell and let them pay for it. If we send the polluting vehicles underground, the added benefit of containing pollution can be realized easily. Should we wait for the West to popularize this before we “make-it-in-India”?

  5. Also, it makes sense to first build stairs and complete ALL skywalks first and then think about additional stuff like lifts.

  6. As Ramesh Sreekantan said, lot of people cross at Yeshwantpur railway station back gate. This also slows traffic on tumkur road.
    It might be challenging as the BMRCL’s elevated rail line is also present there but if the BBMP really wants to do something useful, they should build a pedestrian skywalk here. (Rather than building in easy and unnecessary locations and wasting money)

  7. Nothing in front of Manyata tech park and esteem mall where 2 young people died.Hope they consider these two places as well.

  8. A monumental waste of money. Most of the locations will not be used – for instance between the planetarium and IG fountain. There is already a skywalk 100mts from there which is not being used. There is an elevator/escalator run skywalk outside Brigade Orion which is never used.

    There is a need for a skywalk/underpass at Yeswantpur station to cross Tumkur Road. 1000s of people cross it every day and its unsafe for everyone involved – both pedestrians and motorists. But no plan to build one there. And unlike other places in fact there is not much climbing involved from the station side.

    Each skywalk costs 2-2.5 crores. So 100-150 crores will be spent on this nonsense.

  9. I am waiting for tenders calling for ‘skywalk climbers’ or should I say volunteers? May be Modi can ask people to donate some time to using skywalks.

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